LC 223 brass capacity


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ole farmerbuck
December 8, 2009, 08:46 PM
Do all years of LC brass have the same powder capacity? I'd sure hate to sort by dates. It might not make any difference but i just thought i'd ask. I know the FC brass i use holds less that the RP but it doesnt seem to make any difference while p-dog hunting. I neck size and can use the same cases in the Stevens and the Savage and it doesnt seem to bother accuracy mixing cases loading all with the same amount of powder.

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Walkalong
December 8, 2009, 09:02 PM
Prairie dog hunting? I would sort them by weight.

Plinking. Not a big deal.

I sorted a big batch (2000)(well, big for me) of LC brass by date. I stashed dates I had a bunch of, and the rest are getting used for plinking ammo, along with some odd and ends of commercial cases.

alsaqr
December 8, 2009, 09:10 PM
I use a lot of LC and other military brass in .223. It is sorted by headstamp and case weight for my accuracy loads.

ForneyRider
December 8, 2009, 10:12 PM
No, LC brass has different capacities.

45ACPUSER
December 8, 2009, 10:20 PM
Here is a reference http://www.6mmbr.com/223Rem.html.

One has to remeber that the best way to achieve accuracy is minimize variables. And, to me that means brass is of the same headstamp year. And, if I was really picky.....I would just skip to Lapua and never look back. While expensive.......it is the best.
I would not waste my time weighing cases. Good case prep with headstamp sorted brass is going be pretty darn good.

ole farmerbuck
December 8, 2009, 10:51 PM
Thanks for the replies. Some different views on sorting cases I see.

ole farmerbuck
March 18, 2010, 09:05 AM
Here is a reference http://www.6mmbr.com/223Rem.html.

One has to remeber that the best way to achieve accuracy is minimize variables. And, to me that means brass is of the same headstamp year. And, if I was really picky.....I would just skip to Lapua and never look back. While expensive.......it is the best.
I would not waste my time weighing cases. Good case prep with headstamp sorted brass is going be pretty darn good.
I bought Laupa .223 brass and for some reason the case weights arent as consistant as my old used wore out RP's. Kind of dissapointed.

bracer
March 18, 2010, 09:50 AM
There are differences in production runs even within years. If you are trying to make the most accurate ammo you can then seperate the cases by years. Prep the cases with the last step being seperating the cases by weight. Years ago I worked for a person who had worked in a ammo factory and he told me how hard it was to maintain a constant case production. I see no point in handloading to make inaccurate ammo. When I miss I wont to know that its me ,not the ammo, firearm,or sights. Why make ammo that jest goes bang ??

dboyles
March 18, 2010, 10:11 AM
I picked up some once-fired LC, which is all 07 and 08 headstamps. I measured the capacity of ten each, getting a negligible difference, so I threw them all into one pile and sorted by weight. Was my sample size too small?

ole farmerbuck
March 18, 2010, 11:16 AM
My old rp brass spread was .9 grains. The Lapua was 1.3. For what i paid for the lapua, i thought it should have been better

ForneyRider
March 19, 2010, 11:02 AM
Looking on some of the benchshooting sites. They buy like 500, separate groups by weight, and sell the groups and/or shoot them in groups.

If you buy 100, separate them in smaller groups and shoot the groups together.

Group buys work well here.

Walkalong
March 19, 2010, 08:58 PM
I reached in and grabbed 9 RP & LC (& 1 GFL) cases out of the range brass bucket.

LC 68 = 93.7 Grs

LC 98 = 91.6 Grs

LC 08 = 91.6 Grs

LC 09 = 92.1 Grs

LC 09 = 93.1 Grs

RP = 91.5 Grs

RP = 91.6 Grs

RP = 91.7 Grs

GFL = 105.6 Grs

FROGO207
March 20, 2010, 08:35 AM
I would think that it depends on the amount of accuracy you desire. When I reload I do not weigh my cases but do separate by brand. Then work up a load for each group. I find the rifle is more accurate than I can hold it when hunting so it is your call on what your minimum accuracy vs time spent per round invested will be. I am happy with my results so far.:D

ole farmerbuck
March 20, 2010, 08:47 AM
Thats about what i do Frog. Separate by brand or in some cases, if the case capacity is the same, i have mixed them with good results.

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